Summer 2013 Issue of Perspectives Now Available
The Summer 2013 issue of AHIMA’s research journal, Perspectives in Health Information Management, is now available. This issue features an article on the benefits and constraints of telemedicine; a study of contraceptive use among female Veterans; and a case study on implementing a web-enabled reporting application for a pathology department.
This issue also features the results of a study focused on the implementation of an anatomic pathology information system in a tertiary care teaching hospital, the methodology adopted, and the challenges that were encountered. “ICD-10-CM/PCS: Transferring Knowledge from ICD-9-CM” by Jaime N. Sand, MA, RHIT, CCS, and Patt Elison-Bowers, PhD, focuses on how the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS has expanded educational opportunities for educators and trainers who are taking on the responsibility of training coders on the new system. Coding education currently faces multiple challenges in the areas of how to train the new workforce, what might be the most efficient method of providing that training, how much retraining of the current workforce with ICD-9-CM training will be required, and how to meet the national implementation deadline of 2014 in the most efficacious manner. This research sought to identify if there was a difference between a group of participants with no knowledge of ICD-9-CM and those with some knowledge of ICD-9-CM in scores on an ICD-10-CM/PCS quiz. Results indicate a difference, supporting the idea of knowledge transfer between the systems and providing additional insight into coding education. Read the complete article here.